Japan doggedly watches a new volcanic land mass: ‘Snoopy Island’

Not only has Japan gained some new turf, but it’s got a cute shape.

‘Snoopy Island’ spotted by Nasa satellite as landmass shaped like Charlie Brown’s pet dog is born –  The Independent.

A new island which has emerged following volcanic eruptions off the coast of Japan has sparked delight online after satellite images showed it bears a startling resemblance to a cartoon character.

“Snoopy Island”, as it has been dubbed by Twitter users, has resulted in something of a ripple across social media after it sprouted from the waters around the Ogasawara island chain.

The new island caused great excitement after it was pictured by the Japanese Coast Guard – not least among the government, excited by the prospect of a slight increase in the country’s territorial waters.

The extraordinary landmass’s path to fame began when a volcano erupted in the sea around 500 metres from the existing island Nishino-shima, some 600 miles (1,000km) south of Tokyo in waters nonetheless under Japanese administration.

Infrared picture of Snoopy Island. Photo credit: NASA

Infrared picture of Snoopy Island. Photo credit: NASA

Photo credit: NASA

Photo credit: NASA

The new island has been officially named Niijima, however we have a feeling the name Snoopy Island might stick if the island keeps its current formation, which is uncertain at this point.

Kind of looks like he has a jet pack and is blasting off too. Now where’s the Red Baron?

  5 comments for “Japan doggedly watches a new volcanic land mass: ‘Snoopy Island’

  1. Chris Howard
    December 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Not seeing it.

    It looks more like Shin-Chan looking over his shoulder, at us, to me.

  2. Graham
    December 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I’m not seeing it either, but the way things are going they’re going to have to come up with a new name for the combined island.

    • Chris Howard
      December 31, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      I name thee, “Pareidolia Island”

  3. eddi
    January 1, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    I say closer to Droopy than Snoopy.

  4. albatross
    January 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I think it looks like Jesus… or maybe the Virgin Mary…or maybe…..

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